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SPAB Events, Courses and Seminars - 2017

Featured Event: Spring Lecture Series

Work worth doing: the SPAB & craft skills
2, 9, 16 March 2017
St Botolph's Church Hall, Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TL
Prices vary

Glorious Mud!: Building with Earth
Thursday 2 March
Alex Gibbons, Earth Builder - SPAB Fellow 2014

Wonderful Walls: Repairing Welsh Churches
Thursday 9 March
Thom Evans, Stonemason - SPAB Fellow 2016

A Miller's Tale: Caring for Charlecote
Thursday 16 March
Karl Grevatt, Carpenter and Miller - SPAB Fellow 2009


Lunchtime CPD Sessions 

SPAB HQ, 37 Spital Square, London
12:00 - 13:30
£140 pp for the series of four, or £40 pp per session

Understanding Historic Building Legislation
2 March 2017
Emma Lawrence, the SPAB’s Head of Casework, explains the different forms of legislation that protect historic buildings and gives up-to-date insight into how these work in practice. This short session will provide essential information for anyone working on or considering work to a listed building and is particularly relevant as the UK celebrates the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas legislation this year.



Repair of Historic Finishes Masterclass
Presented by the SPAB and Historic Royal Palaces

10 March 2017      
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey       
£195 pp
This extremely popular masterclass will be delivered by experts in historic interiors and paint analysis, Patrick Baty and Allyson McDermott. Delegates will be engaged in case studies and workshop activities to learn about traditional pigments and paint schemes, the craft of traditional wallpapers, and how analysis of both mediums can reveal the history of repair and decorative hierarchy in historical buildings.
Target audience: building conservation professionals and students; managers and staff of period properties; interior designers; general interest; introductory. BOOK HERE

Repair of Freestanding Garden Walls Masterclass
Presented by the SPAB and Historic Royal Palaces

28 April 2017      
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey       
£195 pp

The aim of this masterclass is to look at issues of repair and conservation of freestanding walls, using the garden walls at Hampton Court Palace as a case study. Delegates will also gain experience of practical techniques by direct hands-on work on the walls themselves. This masterclass will be led by Emma Simpson - a brickwork conservation specialist with over 20 years of knowledge and expertise in this field.

Target audience: building conservation professionals and students; managers and staff of period properties; construction professionals; general interest; introductory - intermediate. BOOK HERE


One day seminar on Energy Efficiency and Retrofit
13 June 2017
The Gallery, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6EL
Price tbc

Contact the SPAB to book:


Repair of Old Buildings Course

8 - 12 May 2017      
St Andrew Holborn, London       
£805 pp
This popular short course has been delivered by the SPAB since the 1950s. Run over five days, it delivers an intensive programme of lectures and site visits, all underpinned by the SPAB practical philosophy of maintenance and repair. The course fee includes one night accommodation (Wednesday), meals, transport and insurance during the site visits only. The fee also includes one year individual membership to the Society.

The SPAB has a small fund to allow it to award bursaries to individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford a place on the Repair Course. We are grateful to Donald Insall Associates for their support to the fund, in memory of their colleague and former SPAB Scholar Peter Locke (1929 - 2012). Contact us directly for more information about the Repair Course bursary.

Target audience: building conservation professionals and students; managers and staff of period properties; introductory - intermediate. BOOK HERE

Old Houses for the Future:

a weekend course on care, repair and energy efficiency
6 - 7 May 2017
King's Manor, York
£270 pp 'early bird' fee if booked before 1 March 2017, otherwise £290 pp
Join the SPAB to learn how to repair and care for solid wall, pre-1919 buildings and retrofit them for energy efficiency. Presented by Roger Hunt and Marianne Suhr, authors of Old House Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook - and guest speakers, this introductory course is for those who plan, or are working with clients, to undertake a major renovation, those who simply want to maintain their period home, or those generally interested in the care and repair of old buildings. Course themes will include: the SPAB conservation approach; understanding traditional building materials and diagnosing problems; dealing with damp and timber decay; an introduction to traditional lime-based materials; understanding movement in older buildings; an introduction to making your building sustainable.

"A superb introductory course which stimulates thought and how ideas apply to own property"

"Thank you to all of you. An exceptionally interesting, informative and well-presented course"

"This was a fantastic course, very relevant and I left enthused!"

Target Audience: home owners; managers and staff of period properties; building conservation professionals; construction professionals; general interest; introductory. BOOK HERE

Sew Beautiful and Useful: William Morris Textile Workshop

Presented by the SPAB and The William Morris Society
28 March 2017 OR 29 March 2017
Kelmscott House, London
* Both workshops are now fully booked - please contact us to join the waiting list *
The SPAB is delighted to partner with The William Morris Society to present a textile workshop at Kelmscott House in spring 2017.

Led by Susie Vickery, textile artist and Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen UK, this workshop will offer a unique opportunity to explore William Morris's work as a designer and his designs, and for participants to create their own appliquéd and embroidered panels, inspired by his textile designs, to take home. Basic hand sewing skills are required, but no other prior experience is necessary. All fabrics, materials and equipment will be supplied.

You can book a place online, or by contacting SPAB for further information and a booking form. Email: Telephone: 020 7377 1644